DURHAM, N.H. – Jill Hirschinger, head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2010 season.
The Wildcats open their 2010 campaign on Friday, Aug. 27 at the Army Tournament. UNH will play St. John's as well as the host Black Knights and Fairleigh Dickinson University during the opening weekend of competition in West Point, N.Y. Next, the 'Cats will play at the Harvard Tournament on Sept. 3-4 against Boston College, Eastern Illinois and Bryant.
The Wildcats open their home slate with a single non-conference match against Northeastern University on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The following weekend, UNH will travel to participate in the URI Tournament and will play the host Rams, Marist College and Maryland Eastern Shore. New Hampshire will return home to host the third-annual Holly Young Invitational Sept. 17-18 at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats welcome in in-state foe Dartmouth College as well as Sacred Heart and Rutgers. UNH concludes the non-conference play with a single match at UConn on Sept. 24.
UNH will open America East conference play on Friday, Oct. 1 as it plays host to Hartford (7 p.m.) and continues at home with Stony Brook on Sunday, Oct. 3 (1 p.m.).
The Wildcats hope to earn a spot in the four-team America East tournament slated for Nov. 19-20 at the site of the highest seed. This off-season, Providence College became an associate member of the America East conference in volleyball.
Overall, UNH will play four teams in the top 150 RPI (Albany -- 58, Army – 102, UConn – 129 and Northeastern – 135). The Wildcats have won three America East tournament titles (1998, 2002, 2003) and three NCAA appearances in school history, all which have come under Coach Hirschinger. UNH has won 20+ matches in six of the last 13 seasons, including a school record 24 wins in 1998 and 1999. Hirschinger, who is one of just 15 active coaches to posted 600 career highs, earned her 200th career win as UNH head coach during the 2007 season.